Thursday, May 27, 2010

Just Doin' Me

Fads come and go, but you alone, control your personal style.  Some people opt to act as chameleons do, and change their clothes with the passing trends, while others stay cemented in popular styles of yesteryear awaiting their return to the forefront.  Now, I am by no means a fashion expert nor do I claim to be (I will refer you to the “Closet Freak”, Fitz Fitzgerald, for that. #PLUG!, but I believe one’s personal style includes a significant amount more than the clothes draped over a body.

As you know we live in a conspicuously prejudiced society fixated on exterior beauty and overall image.  Your personal style precedes you.  It is the first frame in people’s minds when they see you and the first image of recall when your name enters conversations.  YOU control the manner in which you are perceived.  The obvious example of this shines most clearly in the world of celebrity; these people are constantly under the microscope of paparazzi and are frequently ridiculed for appearing a certain way as the viewer sits on the couch 20 lbs overweight in sweat pants eating ice cream.  Unfair? Sure, but this is the world in which we live.  Everyone is a critic and everyone has an opinion.  Make the opinion about you favorable.

Confidence is most key in this!  I frequently say, “If you believe, they believe.” This holds true in choosing clothes, demeanor with women, and job interviews, among other arenas.  If a guy fitted in dry cleaned navy slacks, crisp white button-up with a bowtie and smooth brown loafers walks in a party where everyone there is dressed in baggy jeans and t-shirts, but he carries himself like “I know I’m fly, excuse me as I move to the bar..” other people will more than likely think, “Oh, he’s cool..”  This is the same as making an appearance at an exclusive party that you truly have no business attending but moving with an overall poised deportment resulting in no questions being asked of you as you mingle freely. 

Your personal style is by what you are most readily defined, and while I am in no position to say in what way your definition should translate, I will borrow a quote from the late, fondly revered French fashion icon, Yves Saint Laurent which states, “Fashions fade, but STYLE is eternal!”

Thanks for CHECKING IN THE GAME with the Just GQ blog!  Refine your style and accompany it with your personal je ne sais quoi!  

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